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Helen Mirren: 'Meryl Streep stole my hairstyle for role'

Published 04/04/2016

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren feels that it was "a massive complement" that Meryl Streep "borrowed" her hairstyle for her iconic role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.

Helen Mirren claims fellow Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep "borrowed" her hairstyle for her iconic role in The Devil Wears Prada.

Meryl's performance as ruthless fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly in the 2006 movie is thought to be based on real-life U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The novel the film was based on was written by Wintour's former assistant Lauren Weisberger.

Anna, 66, is famous for her own distinctive bob haircut, but according to Helen, American star Meryl, 66, actually decided to reference her signature silver style rather than copy the style queen's.

"Meryl Streep once told me she 'borrowed my hair' in The Devil Wears Prada," she told Britain's Woman & Home magazine. "I thought it was a massive compliment. I saw a picture of her playing the role and thought, 'Oh yes, that is my hair!'"

Helen, 70, and Kim Basinger, 62, were rumoured to have been under consideration for the role of Miranda, but the part ultimately earned Meryl a nomination for Best Actress at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Victorious in the category that year was Helen, who won for her role as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' drama about the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana of Wales, The Queen.

But Meryl may yet get a chance to return as Miranda again, as Lauren published a follow-up to the novel, titled Revenge Wears Prada, in 2013.

Plans for a new film following Miranda Priestly and her underlings are yet to be announced, but one of the film's stars, Emily Blunt, previously revealed she'd love to return for a sequel, as long as co-stars Meryl and Anne Hathaway also signed on.

"I would do it, but only if everyone did it," she told E! News. "I don't know why it hasn't been done, but everyone's got to do it."

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